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The curriculum at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is focused on the following four departments: Adult Mental Health and Wellness; Children, Youth and Families; Social Change and Innovation; and Nursing. The school places a stronger emphasis on the science of social work and leadership, and allows for more intensive preparation within the student’s chosen department of study and also various specialization tracks.

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Adult Mental Health and Wellness

Adult Mental Health and Wellness (AMHW) prepares students to improve the mental health and physical well-being of individuals across the adult lifespan, from young adults to older adults. Students in this department are prepared to support adult clients within agencies, institutions, communities, families and other social and organizational contexts.

Children, Youth and Families Department

Children, Youth and Families

Children, Youth and Families (CYF) prepares students to improve the lives and well-being of children, youth and their families. Students in this department are prepared to support children, adolescents and transitional age youth within agencies, institutions, communities, families and other social and organizational contexts.

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Social Change and Innovation

Social Change and Innovation (SCI, pronounced “sky”) focuses on designing social change and leading innovation. The curriculum prepares students to improve living conditions and work environments for individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities on a larger scale.

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Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The online MSN from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing is an evidence-based nursing program that prepares family nurse practitioners to provide comprehensive care to individuals and communities.